LibriVox recording of Demos: A Story of English Socialism by George Gissing. Read in English by KHand; Farheen; TRUEBRIT; Roxanna Nazari; Lynne Thompson; Martin; Philippa; Gnomesb "Richard Mutimer is delighted to inherit a large fortune. As a socialist, he means to use it well: he will open a factory in which workers would be treated well, he will advance his party's causes through his own wealth... At least, so he thinks. But reality may be far different. This novel raises more questions... favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: librivox, audiobooks, social novel, political thriller
"Harold Transome is a landowner who goes against his family's political tradition (much to his mother's distress), while Felix Holt is a sincere radical. The setting of the book, the 1832 parliament election, is used to discuss the social problems of that time. A secondary plot involves Esther Leon, the stepdaughter of a minister who is the real heiress to the Transome estate, with whom both Harold Transome and Felix Holt fall in love. Esther loves poor Felix Holt, but would she choose a... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Victorian novel, social novel, political novel Source: Librivox recording of a public-domain text
LibriVox recording of The Little White Bird by J. M. Barrie. Read in English by Mike Pelton; TribalElder; Sandra; MissRose; Carol; Lynne Thompson; Larry Wilson "A children's book, sharp social commentary and sad psychological thriller about a man's search for a sense of belonging. All in one amazing and lyrical collection. This is the first book in which Peter Pan starts to appear. His adventure in Kensington Gardens are first narrated here. Other than that, it offers a magical portrait of... Topics: librivox, audiobooks, realist fiction, social novel, 26
LibriVox recording of The Emancipated by George Gissing. Read in English by Lynne T; KHand; Celine Major; Kalynda In Italy, everything is possible. Or, at least, much more than in the oppressive social order of the Victorian era. A group of British expatriats go to tour the country and do things they might live to either bless or regret. This book details their adventures and search of identity. The central question remains clear: can one be completely free? And, if so, is the price too high? (... Topics: librivox, audiobooks, social novel, femenist fiction, travelog
LibriVox recording of Lodore by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. Read in English by Jim Locke; Mike Pelton; deongines; Linda Johnson The author of Frankenstein returns with her take on an Austen novel. The mother is proud, the father has many vices, yet the aristocratic name must be kept. Even more so when lord Lodore dies. His wife and daughter find themselves without protection. This novel is conserned with gender equality, education and social justice. - Summary by Stav Nisser. For further... Topics: librivox, audiobooks, social novel, femenist fiction
LibriVox recording of The Story Of A Modern Woman by Ella Hepworth Dixon. Read by LibriVox Volunteers "This touching short novel tells the story of Mary Earl, a woman who has to fend for herself in London at the end of the 19th century. She becomes a writer. But she cannot write whatever she wants. There is a format in which her novels should be written- a format she does not like or understand. To make matters worse, she falls in love with a married man. This novel is considered one of... Topics: librivox, audiobooks, London, social novel, femenist fiction, new woman novel
LibriVox recording of The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man (version 2) by James Weldon Johnson. Read in English by tiwo007; Jim Locke; Ashton Woods; Jesse Zuba; Denise Nordell The story of a biracial man living in the deep south after the reconstruction era. He is young and talented. Yet, in order for him to avoid stigma, he has to pass as white. But would his sense of belonging and solidarity to the black community of the time catch up with him at the end? "It is very likely that the... Topics: librivox, audiobooks, social novel, political novel, literary fiction
LibriVox recording of Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith. Read in English by volunteer readers. Inspired by the real life story of Caroline Norton, a friend of the author's, this book tells about a lively woman who is trapped in a miserable marriage. Yet Diana is not one to give up in her quest for love, happiness and fulfillment. - Summary by Stav Nisser For further information, including links to online text, reader information, RSS feeds, CD cover or other formats (if available),... Topics: librivox, audiobooks, social novel, feminist fiction, family drama, female friendship
LibriVox recording of Paved With Gold by Augustus Mayhew. Read in English by Bridget Herbes; Judi Mason; tnbuley5425 The expressed goal of this book is to "write a truthful account of the miseries of criminal life" (from the preface). Thus, this book tells the story of Philip, a child who grew up in the workhouse until running away to navigate the streets of London on his own. "Paved With Gold", or, the Romance and Reality of the London Streets is one of the most vivid books... Topics: librivox, audiobooks, Crime, childhood, social novel, workhouse fiction
LibriVox recording of Concerning Isabel Carnaby by Ellen Thorneycroft Fowler. Read in English by MaryAnn; Mary Herndon Bell; Jim Locke; Lynda Marie Neilson Isabel Carnaby returns from India. She starts looking for a place in upper class British society. At the begining, people are sceptical of her because she is an orphan. But she will surprise everybody. - Summary by Stav Nisser. For further information, including links to online text, reader information, RSS feeds, CD cover or other formats... Topics: librivox, audiobooks, politics, love story, childhood, social novel, family drama
LibriVox recording of The Tragic Muse by Henry James. Read in English by shihping; deongines; Jim Locke; Lisa Reichert; Christine Lehman; RobThomas Art or politics, this is the question Nick Dormer dealls with in the course of this novel. Mirian Ruth, an aspiring actress, is the "tragic muse" of the title. Her concerns are a bit different: would proper society accept her as an actress, or would she have to choose between giving up acting and marrying well? A large and interesting cast... Topics: librivox, audiobooks, politics, art, love story, Victorian novel, social novel
Librivox recording of North and South , by Elizabeth Gaskell. Set in Victorian England, North and South is the story of Margaret Hale, a young woman whose life is turned upside down when her family relocates to northern England. As an outsider from the agricultural south, Margaret is initially shocked by the aggressive northerners of the dirty, smoky industrial town of Milton. But as she adapts to her new home, she defies social conventions with her ready sympathy and defense of the working... favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 5 reviews ) Topics: librivox, audiobook, literature, social novel, industrial novel, romance Source: Librivox recording of a public-domain text
LibriVox recording of The Lonely Lady of Grosvenor Square by Mrs. Henry de la Pasture. Read in English by jenno; Roohi; Mary K Jatkowski; Paige Al Qasem; Scarlet576; MaryAnnS Elizabeth de la Pasture, the author of this work, is the mother of the more well known E. M. Delafield- author of Diary Of A Provincial Lady. Jeanne Marney, a country girl, comes to London to care for her ailing aunt. She is lonely and unhappy, yet unable to rebel against the many limitations put upon an upper class woman... ( 1 reviews ) Topics: librivox, audiobooks, love story, social novel, family life, edwardian novel
LibriVox recording of The Wheat Princess by Jean Webster. Read in English by Celine Major Marcia Copley, an american heiress, comes to Rome. Typically for the period, she may want to attract an aristocrat. He brings the title, she brings the money to support it. her adventures in Rome are different then she anticipated. Rich and poor live side by side, and the author does her best to describe both walks of life vividly and truthfully. Jean Webster is the author of Daddy Long Legs and Dear... Topics: librivox, audiobooks, love story, social novel, family drama, femenist fiction
LibriVox recording of Rough Justice by Mary Elizabeth Braddon. Read in English by Marina; Mary Herndon Bell; Leena Emsley; Jim Locke Who murdered Lisa Rainer? Is it her former lover who went to seek fortune in Africa and fell in love with another on the way back? Were there any blood motives? Detective John Thorne would have to discover. Inspired by a true story, this novel is a page turner. Yet this is not only a detective novel. It deals with class, gender, propriety and family. - Summary by... Topics: librivox, audiobooks, Victorian novel, social novel, psychological thriller, ditective fiction, 20
LibriVox recording of Secresy, or, the Ruin on the Rock by Eliza Fenwick . Read in English by LibriVox Volunteers. This is the story of Caroline and Sybila, two female friends. Strong and smart women who try to make it in a man's world while keeping their values and loyalties in tact. The only way to do that is to hide a few secrets. Yet secrets cannot remain hidden for ever, and everything has a price. This is both a social novel and a Gothic novel. A true page turner with all the elements of... Topics: librivox, audiobooks, love story, gothic novel, philosophical novel, social novel, family drama,...
LibriVox recording of The Heel of Achilles by E. M. Delafield. Read in English by CJ Plog After a difficult childhood, Lydia Raymond, a lower middle class girl, decides to explore her own individuality and climbs the social ladder. Yet, like everything in life, this has a price. This book tells about her childhood, her quest to find herself, and her relationship with her daughter, Jane. This is a fairytale turned upside down. - Summary by Stav Nisser. For further information, including links to... Topics: librivox, audiobooks, social novel, family drama, feminist action, 20th century fiction
LibriVox recording of Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon. Read in English by Eleanor Howard Only 15-years-old, Eleanor Vane is very happy with her lot: educated in an expensive finishing school in Paris, the apple of her father's eye, and disposed to be kind. Of course there are things missing: she does not remember her mother who died when she was young. But at least she has her father... Until he unexpectedly dies. Now Eleanor is at the mercy of her half-siblings who were never in... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: librivox, audiobooks, Detective, Mystery, love story, social novel, feminist fiction, family drama,...
LibriVox recording of The Visioning , A Novel by Susan Glaspell. Read in English by Sheila; rmcardle9479; Jeremiah Sutherland; Lynne Thompson; Roxanne Weber; Mike Pelton "The Visioning, Susan Glaspell's second novel, tells about Katie Jones, a young woman who lives in the comfortable world she knows with a charming circle of friends. Her brother is an army officer, and her uncle lives in Washington. The world she knows is the world they let her see. Until Anne comes into the picture. Katie... Topics: librivox, audiobooks, social novel, feminist fiction, coming of age story, psychological thriller
LibriVox recording of The Unclassed by George Gissing. Read in English by Lynne Thompson; geoffbl; beyondutopia; Sally Ireland; Anusha Iyer; mrnmrz72 The Unclassed tells the story of two friends who are aspiring authors living in the London of the late 19th century. Both of them fall in love. Both believe in social change but do not know how to bring it about. Both are sceptical about the values of their times. Both want respectability more then they would admit. This book, unlike many others... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews ) Topics: librivox, audiobooks, love story, Victorian novel, realist fiction, social novel, femenist fiction
LibriVox recording of The War Workers by E. M. Delafield. Read in English by Denise Nordell; VfkaBT This is an early work by the author of "Diary Of A Provincial Lady". During the first world war, in the Midlands, there was a place where soldiers received sandwiches and a bit of comfort. It is run by Miss Vivian, an upper class woman who is controlling and manipulative. Her dedication to her work hides her selfishness and ability to emotionally blackmail her so-called workers. She is... ( 1 reviews ) Topics: librivox, audiobooks, satire, romance, family, love story, social novel, country life, war novel,...
LibriVox recording of Dead Men's Shoes by Mary Elizabeth Braddon. Read in English by Michele Eaton; angelic1ang; chocmuse; Leena Emsley; K. Adrian Stroet; cathykirchner; Mary Herndon Bell; michelekilpatrick; Judi Mason Sybil, a gentlewoman who has to work for a living, finally finds employment as her rich uncle's house keeper. Nothing could be better: she would finally have an easy job in which she is treated well, and inherit her uncle's money after his death. But then she falls in love with... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: librivox, audiobooks, love story, boarding school, social novel, murder mystery, family life,...